Awesome Open-Face Sloppy Joes

Andy Anderson !


I love Sloppy Joes because there are so many different ways you can make them. You can be boring, or you can be adventurous.

After a few hours playing around with this in the test kitchen, I would define this version as being mildly adventurous.

It has most of the usual suspects for a good Sloppy Joe, plus a few additional items to kick it up a bit. Oh, and don’t forget to toast the bread… that will give the sandwich a bit of crunch, and good mouth feel.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

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15 Min
45 Min
Stove Top


1 lb
ground sirloin
1 Tbsp
grapeseed oil, more if needed
1 medium
yellow onion, chopped
1 medium
green bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, and diced
2 clove
garlic, minced
3 Tbsp
tomato paste
1 tsp
hot sauce (i like franks)
1 tsp
ground cumin
1 tsp
mild chili powder
1 tsp
1 tsp
ground mustard
1 pinch
cayenne pepper, or to taste
salt, kosher variety, to taste
4 oz
tomato sauce
3 oz
bbq sauce (i like sweet baby rays, vidalia onion flavor)
1/4 c
filtered water
2 Tbsp
cider vinegar
1 Tbsp
worcestershire sauce
bread, of your choice


1Gather your ingredients.
2Add the oil to a large sauté pan, or skillet, over medium, and heat until shimmering, but not smoking.
3Chef’s Tip: I choose grapeseed oil, because it doesn’t impart any additional “oil” taste, and it has a higher smoke point: 420f (216c). Compare that to olive oil with a smoke point of 320f (160c). That gives you the ability to sauté the veggies without smoking up the house… I like that.
4Add the onion, and pepper, and sauté until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
5Chef’s Note: As the veggies are sautéing, season with a bit of salt, to taste.
6Chef’s Tip: Adding the salt at this stage of the game will help the veggies release their moisture.
7Add the garlic and continue to sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
8Add the tomato paste and the hot sauce to the sauté pan.
9Stir without stopping until incorporated into the veggies, about 1 minute.
10Add the ground beef to the sauté pan.
11Stir, breaking apart with a wooden spoon until the beef loses all of its pink, about 6 minutes.
12Incorporate the cumin, chili powder, paprika, mustard, and cayenne to the sauté pan. Add a bit more salt, if you feel it needs it (I usually don't think that it does).
13Stir until just combined, about 1 quick minute.
14Finally, add the BBQ sauce, tomato sauce vinegar, water, and Worcestershire.
15Chef’s Note: If you want to kick up a bit more, add a bit of Sriracha sauce. BANG.
16Bring the mixture up to a light boil, and then bring down to a very light simmer.
17Cover and allow it to simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
18Chef’s Note: Every 5 minutes, uncover and stir.
19Chef’s Tip: If after 30 minutes the mixture does not appear to be thickening, remove the lid and allow it to simmer uncovered for the remaining 15 minutes.
20Meanwhile, toast the bread.
21Place on a plate. If you like you could run a couple of lines of mustard down the bread, or serve it on the side.
22Chef’s Note: I like to serve mine with coleslaw; however, the sandwich stands on its own. Full stop.
23Add the sloppy joe mixture to the bread.
24Serve while still nice and warm. Enjoy.
25Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

About Awesome Open-Face Sloppy Joes

Course/Dish: Meat Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Dairy Free, Soy Free